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“In Tongan society, everyone has a specific role to contribute to the well-being of the community.” – Sina Uipi, COMMUNITY HEALTH LIAISON, ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER OBESITY PREVENTION ALLIANCE
Sina Uipi, community health liaison for the Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), has made fighting heart disease, diabetes and obesity in L.A.’s Tongan communities her passion. In Lennox and Hawthorne, communities that trace their ancestry to the Polynesian island nation of Tonga are experiencing obesity and obesity-related deaths at alarming rates. APIOPA aims to reverse this trend by promoting health and wellness through outreach to local churches and grocery stores.
This year, CCF gave more than $4.5 million in grants to organizations that help enhance public resources for physical activity, reduce barriers to good health and ensure access to quality health services in communities throughout Los Angeles County. We funded a diverse array of strategies, from direct service organizations like Meet Each Need with Dignity to health care access and advocacy organizations like Insure the Uninsured Project. And through the Centinela Medical and Community Funds, we supported organizations like Good Samaritan Hospital and Children’s Institute, Inc. in their efforts to improve the health of children and adults in South L.A.’s Centinela Valley.
From increasing access to nutritious foods to encouraging exercise and healthy lifestyles, Sina sees what she does as more than just a job. “There’s a Tongan word, ‘fatongia,’ that means ‘responsibility.’ When we see the impact we make on people and communities, it’s liberating.”
2014-2015 VISION: Support the safety net of clinics and hospitals serving low-income and uninsured L.A. County residents, while also addressing the root causes of poor health like lack of open space and healthy food options. Awarded 47 grants totaling $4.58 million.